Traditional breastfeeding practices of the ojibwe of Northern Minnesota

Joan E. Dodgson, Roxanne Struthers

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Abstract

The Ojibwe have transitioned over the past 100 years from a woodland people moving with the seasons, to forced confinement on rural reservations, to inner-city poverty. Traditionally, Ojibwe women's knowledge has been passed through the generations orally. Using ethnographic methods, data were gathered on traditional infant feeding practices from Ojibwe women (N = 44). Few of these traditions have been documented previously. Some traditions are similar to other indigenous cultures while others are culturally specific. Understanding traditional breastfeeding practices can provide valuable information for those working with indigenous people in a variety of settings, so that they create services that are consistent with traditional values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

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  • Health Professions(all)

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